In the previous two posts I’ve shown you how to use a single round cake to make a butterfly or ladybird cake. Today I want to show you how to use 3 round cakes to make a cute bunny cake for Easter or for a birthday party no matter what time of the year.
Use 2 packets of butter cake mix (yeah, it’s ok to “cheat” a little bit sometimes…) and prepare according to the directions on the packets (or prepare your own cake mix twice). Divide the batter evenly between three deep 20cm (8in) round cake pans and bake in a moderate oven 40 minutes or until the cakes are cooked when tested. Turn the cakes on to wire racks and leave to cool completely. Place the three cakes side by side; trim, so they are all the same thickness.
Download the pattern template for the ears and feet. Click on the template to open to normal size, right click and save the image to your computer. Don’t forget to hit your browser’s back button to finish reading this post.
Print, cut out and pin the pattern pieces on one cake as shown in the image below. You can also use greaseproof paper to trace the patterns from the printout and then pin them to the cake. Use a sharp serrated knife and cut around the patterns carefully. Cut the piece for the back feet in two and cut the piece for the front feet in two also.
For the front feet, take the two pieces of cake, cut diagonally from narrow end to broad end to taper (step 3). You only need two pieces for the cake, so discard the other two pieces. Now cut 1 cm (1/2 in) from the narrow end of front feet (step 4).
Assemble the bunny/cake pieces on a cake board as shown on the insert on the main image. This image shows the final assembly but the feet and ears are iced before they are positioned. Prepare 2 quantities buttercream icing and tint 1 tablespoon icing with pink food colouring. Cover the cakes with remaining icing and cover well with coconut to resemble fur.
Cover the feet with icing and coconut, place in position and add thin strips of licorice to resemble claws. Spread the pink icing in the centres of the ears (see image) then spread the remaining are with the plain icing, cover with coconut and place in position on head. Tint a small amount of coconut with pink food colouring and sprinkle on the pink icing.
Decorate further with sweets and licorice as shown in the image. Sprinkle green tinted coconut around the bunny’s feet to resemble grass. Add more bunny fun to this cake by decorating plain paper cups with paper cut outs. Take the bunny/Easter theme further by also decorating plain paper plates with coloured serviettes and assorted sweets.
I would like to hear what you think about this easy way to make a bunny cake and also about the easy-to-make cake ideas I have shown you in the past few posts. Please share your ideas by leaving a comment at the end of this post.
The bunny cake instructions were taken from the Children’s Birthday Cake Book sold on Amazon.com –
Have a hopping good time with your birthday child when you make this bunny cake!